City lines up new finance director

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Tonight, the Portland City Council is expected to name Brendan O’Connell the city’s new finance director, the latest hire in what’s been a carousel of department head comings and goings at Portland City Hall since 2011. With O’Connell’s hiring and the December arrival of new Department of Health and Human Services Director Dawn Stiles, the […]

10 bill titles to watch for Portland

Gov. Paul LePage and state Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland -- often political rivals -- appear together at an event last year in Portland. (BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett)

This is the time of year when state lawmakers submit bill titles — a sentence or so very generally describing the intent of the legislation — and those titles get fleshed out with text detailing what the bills would actually do and how much they’d cost. It’s a bit of a transitional period when the […]

Portland Trails looks to go to the next level with ‘unexpected’ financial boost

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The nonprofit Portland Trails announced Monday afternoon it has been awarded a three-year, $100,000 grant by the Old Bug Light Foundation, a gift organization leaders described as “unexpected” and transformative. In a statement, Executive Director Kara Wooldrik talked about how the grant will serve as a bridge between the “scrappy” operation Portland Trails has been […]